It's Official: You can call Prince Philip a Dork

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

A cartoon referring to Prince Philip as “a dork” on TV3’s Campbell Live has escaped censure by the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Marking Prince Philip’s birthday in June, Campbell said the prince had criticised a number of groups over the years and showed a defaced picture of him with a moustache and horns and a speech bubble saying “I’m a dork”.

Wellington wowser and professional busy-body Robert Martin complained that the cartoon and the presenter’s attitude should have also recognised the prince’s “60 years of service to his country”

Unsurprisingly the BSA declined to uphold the complaint….the fact that they had to deliberate at all on something as patently ridiculous as this time wasting exercise beggars belief.

The fact the Prince is a dork had obviously escaped the complainant.

I think it is time for a charge to be levied against blantant time wasting complaints.

The BSA ruled the item was a relatively “innocuous prank” in the context of a light-hearted discussion on freedom of expression and therefore did not breach codes of taste and decency, balance or fairness.

So there you have it….it is O.K. to state the bleeding obvious.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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